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Classes Description

Adventure with the Magic Tree House K-1

Ms. Madison

This class will use the Magic Tree House series as a platform to spark interest in learning, and stimulate curiosity about the world in a cross curriculum of science, social studies, and early literature.

 

Animal Science and Art Tour K-1

Ms. Madison

If your child is "wild" about animals, they are sure to "roar" with delight in this class. A little bit of science, a little bit of art, and a whole lot of fun!

 

Art with the Masters 3-5

Ms. Alyssa, Ms. Angela

A past or present artist will be showcased each week. Students will learn about their life and technique that makes that artist unique. Projects will be tailored to these featured artists and styles, and the students will have the opportunity to incorporate their learnings.

 

Beginning Game Programing with Kodu 2-8

Mr. Jim, Ms. Gracie

Kodu is an incredibly powerful, yet easy to understand, game development platform from Microsoft. Students will learn advanced logic and problem solving while developing their own games in an individual or team environment.

 

HELP: California and USA History 2-5

Ms. April

This class will have your students asking to learn more about history! Students will dive into USA history and California during their lessons. This course will stop in different places and time periods to explore in depth while keeping students engaged. All HELP programs at Rock Creek are designed to complement your homeschooling efforts. Let us help your student stay on track, and make your days just a little bit easier.

 

Chess 2-5

Mr. Tyler

Chess is a great workout for the mind utilizing continuous problem-solving with changing conditions. This class will include some simple games to introduce the game of chess, or sharpen the student’s strategic abilities. Students learn to think ahead, evaluate multiple alternatives, and anticipate consequences. They improve spatial reasoning, visual memory and attention span. Studies show that chess improves cognitive thinking which, in turn, improves school grades!

 

Clay - Hand Building 2-5

Ms. Alyssa

Students will learn a variety of clay hand building skills including pinching, coil, and slab techniques. Students will get to work with a variety of clays and produce their own masterpieces.

 

Comic Book Making - Drawing and Illustrating with Characters 5-8

Ms. Gracie, Ms. Angela

Is your child's schoolwork covered in doodles? Do you suspect you might have a budding artist emerging? Is your child interested in comic books? This class might be just what they need. Join Ms. Gracie, as she leads by example teaching comic illustrations with a focus on character details.

 

Crafts and Creating 2-3

Ms. Madison, Ms. Gracie

Kids love art! Whether they are getting messy with finger paints, making a collage or coloring, there’s nothing that makes children happier than creating their own art. The process of creating helps support young children in almost all areas of their development. Arts and crafts encourage fine motor skills, neural development, and problem-solving abilities. This class will engage students in making fun projects that they can take home with pride.

 

Discover America- People, Food and Culture 2-3

Ms. Madison

America the Beautiful: Class that talks about our states, explores different things like the food they eat, animals and what kinds of jobs people have. We will also look at important historical figures from the United States of America.

Engineering Challenges 2-3

Ms. Nancy

This class will require students to problem solve to accomplish a task. May it be coming up with the most complicated Rube Goldberg machine, or solve a problem like: how can a few pieces of paper hold a book?  or solving a code puzzle (Escape Room style). This class is completely hands-on using logic and problem solving.  

Expedition (Multiple Locations) K-8

Ms. Therry, Mr. Jim, Mr. Tyler

This program offers the opportunity for students and their family to spend educational, constructive, challenging and fun times outdoors. Join us for the adventure. (Expedition runs every other Friday of the semester) 

Expedition can be paired with the Nature Program to make an every Friday class.

Farm School  K-8

Ms. Therry, Ms. Nancy, Ms. Tina, Ms. Alyssa

Students will explore multiple aspects of agriculture related to the environment, animal science, and plant science by experiencing farming first hand. They will create a learning garden, tend to fruits and vegetables, care for small animals, and be introduced to cooking. This class will also include woodworking, entomology (explore bugs), arts and crafts, discussion, some “classroom learning related to science” and much more. 

 

Falcon Reader - Early Reader 1-2

Ms. Angie,

Children gain confidence in their ability to learn to read. This program was designed to make it fun, engaging and hands-on. We do this by reading poems aloud, playing games to practice high frequency words, using various letter manipulatives to make new words, and much more. FALCON Reader Class is tailored to meet ELA Core Standards for 1st Grade including:

-Short & long vowel sounds

-Beginning/Middle/End sounds in words

-Consonant letter blends

-Silent E or Vowel Teams

-2 Syllable Words

Fit Kids- Sports Activities 2-4

Mr. Matt

It's brain break time! A healthy mind needs a healthy body, so this class will get your child up, out, and burning that energy! The focus of the class will be teaching skills that are important in order to enjoy a sport. Students will get to know the skills required for basic sports and activities. This class will emphasize on fair play. They also, will learning strategies of some games or sports such as the concepts of offense and defense and much more. This class is for all students. If you do not think that you are very good at sport you will find this class to be a fun challenge. If you are great at sport you will have the chance to perfect your skills and better your stamina. 

HELP: Fun-Schooling Grammar and Vocabulary Games 2-4

Ms. Maddi

Making learning FUN! Synonyms, anagrams, palindromes, homophones, homographs, antonyms, compound words, balderdash, acronyms, hyperbole: if you don’t know what these are, then this class is a must! Students will learn among friends and PLAY, through the use of word games (like Bananagrams, Bingo, Jeopardy, Scrabble, Mad Libs). All HELP programs at Rock Creek are designed to complement your homeschooling efforts. Let us help your student stay on track, and make your days just a little bit easier.

 

HELP: Fun-Schooling Grammar and Vocabulary Games 4-5

Ms. Maddi

Making learning FUN! Synonyms, anagrams, palindromes, homophones, homographs, antonyms, compound words, balderdash, acronyms, hyperbole: if you don’t know what these are, then this class is a must! Students will learn among friends and PLAY, through the use of word games (like Bananagrams, Bingo, Jeopardy, Scrabble, Mad Libs). All HELP programs at Rock Creek are designed to complement your homeschooling efforts. Let us help your student stay on track, and make your days just a little bit easier.

 

PE: Get Your Body Moving - Fitness Class 5-8

Mr. Matt

It's brain break time! A healthy mind needs a healthy body, so this class will get your child up, out, and burning that energy!

Students will learn the components of fitness: Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscular Strength, Muscular endurance, Flexibility.

Which will help students understand the many great benefits of exercise.   ​

Giggly Grammar and Vocabulary Games 5-8

Ms. Maddi

Time for some giggles! Synonyms, anagrams, palindromes, homophones, homographs, antonyms, compound words, balderdash, acronyms, hyperbole: if you don’t know what these are, then this class is a must! Students will learn among friends and PLAY, through the use of word games (like Bananagrams, Bingo, Jeopardy, Scrabble, Mad Libs). All HELP programs at Rock Creek are designed to complement your homeschooling efforts. Let us help your student stay on track, and make your days just a little bit easier.

 

Group Ukulele 2-8

Mr. Tyler

Students will learn basic chords, rhythm structure, introductory music theory, and how to play songs in a small group setting.

 

HELP - Math K-8

HOMESCHOOL EXTRA LEARNING PROGRAM: Your student will work with a teacher and peers to practice and stay sharp on developing math skills. All HELP programs at Rock Creek are designed to complement your homeschooling efforts. Let us help your student stay on track, and make your days just a little bit easier.

 

HELP: History - Ancient Civilization 5-8

Ms. April

This class will explore ancient history with hands-on learning. This course will stop in different places and time periods to explore in depth. All HELP programs at Rock Creek are designed to complement your homeschooling efforts. Let us help your student stay on track, and make your days just a little bit easier.

 

Homesteading and Classical Teaching 2-5

Ms. Mercedes, Ms. Stefanie

The dream of a simpler, natural life speaks to a deep place in us.  Modern-day homesteading is both an embrace of the past and a revolutionary act for the future. This classes will brings meaning, purpose and empowerment to the children. They will be making their own garden box, they will learn about regenerative farming, composting, how to sew a button, making tool roll from old clothing, there will be some cooking. This class will also include a reading component, a writing component in journaling and much more. 

How To Writing - Can YOU Teach your Teacher? 2-4

Ms. Angie, Ms. Madison

Designed to align with California's Core Standards for English Language Arts for 2nd - 4th graders.

Students will work in steps from topic choice, material lists, outline, simple sentences, complex sentences, procedural phrases and detail revisions, and master proofreading. The final few classes will be final project turn in for grading, and students will have the opportunity to "challenge" a teacher of their choice to try out their instructions. Was there enough detail? Clear steps? I predict quite a bit of laughter, as we learn just how clear we need to communicate. One misunderstood detail can make for a very comical “How To” Challenge.

 

IEW: Institute For Excellence in Writing: Fun Writing Class 3-5

Ms. April

Using IEW techniques and style, students will write weekly assignments based on unique and original source texts. This class builds the student’s confidence while learning solid writing techniques. I strive to maintain the joy of writing that is often expunged from the process. Some grammar is covered. Students are expected to be able to create complete sentences for this class. No curriculum is needed for this class. Ms. April writes the source texts weekly.

 

IEW: Institute For Excellence in Writing: Fun Writing Class 5-8

Ms. April

Using IEW techniques and style, students will write weekly assignments based on unique and original source texts. This class builds the student’s confidence while learning solid writing techniques. I strive to maintain the joy of writing that is often expunged from the process. Some grammar is covered. Students are expected to be able to create complete sentences for this class. No curriculum is needed for this class. Ms. April writes the source texts weekly.

 

Improv Acting 5-8

Ms. Maddi

Warren Buffett told business students that public speaking is the most valuable skill they can learn. Improv is a form of public speaking or theater that does not use a script. This course prepares students to react in unpredictable situations, and settings. Students will become more comfortable speaking in front of an audience with spontaneity. They will learn to take risks in a safe environment in front of an audience that will respect and support them.

 

Intro to Comedy Acting 2-4

Ms. Lakeisha

This Acting class will be a bundle of laughs focusing on the art of comedy! The focus will be on acting and the class will culminate with a final performance. We will cover concepts such as character development, teamwork, subtext, script scoring, and much more.

 

Koala Reader - Starter Reader K-1

Ms. Stefanie, 

Children gain confidence in their ability to learn to read. This program was designed to make it fun, engaging and hands-on. We do this by reading poems aloud, playing games to practice high frequency words, using various letter manipulatives to make new words, and much more. Koala Reader Class is tailored to meet ELA Core Standards for Kindergarten including:-Rhyming words

-Syllables (count, produce, blend & segment)

-Beginning/Middle/End sounds

-Add or substitute phonemes in one syllable words

-Blend 2-3 phonemes

-Long & short vowel sounds

-high frequency/sight words

 

Learn About the Constitution 4-6

Ms. April

Each Week we will read a new section of the constitution and discuss the possible intention of the authors. We will analyse how the Constitution is still relevant for us today. 

 

Let's Pretend with Friends 1-2

TBD

Imaginative play is important for many reasons: It helps children make sense of things that they have seen or experienced. It supports the development of creativity and intellectual development. It gives children opportunities to practice decision-making and social skills such as sharing and collaborating. This is a great opportunity for your child to spend an hour being free to play pretend with friends in a safe and fun setting.

 

Line Dancing 1-8

Ms. Maddi

Little Kids, Big Emotions TK-1

Ms. Angie

It can be frustrating for young children to recognize, navigate, and communicate the constant flow of mixed up feelings. Arming our children with simple tools to self regulate can be life changing for them. (and us!) Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) refers to the development of self-awareness, self-control, self-regulation, social skills, and responsible decision-making, all of which are essential for friendship, communication, and life successes. This program will use Diane Alber’s “Little Spot” book series to help children learn how to handle overwhelming feelings, develop a positive self-image, and improve social/emotional skills needed to show empathy, compassion, and kindness. Lessons will cover: Anger, Anxiety, Peaceful, Happiness, Sadness, Confidence, Love, Kindness, Patience, Responsibility, Honesty, and Respect

 

Math Facts All Fun and Games 5-8

Ms. April

Making learning FUN! This math class is all math facts in ONLY fun and games! Keep your student on track without frustration, and send them off to play with their friends. Who knew math could be so much fun?! All HELP programs at Rock Creek are designed to compliment your homeschooling efforts. Let us help your student stay on track, and make your days just a little bit easier.

 

Math Facts for Minecrafters 2-5

Ms. Eva

Is Minecraft a hot topic at your house? This class takes a passion for Minecraft, and applies to the world of Math. We will follow a math workbook focused on Minecraft theme. We will work on: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Fractions, Story Problems, Number Games, Building Challenges, Cube Crafts & Mazes.

THIS CLASS WILL NOT USE COMPUTERS. STUDENTS WILL NOT PLAY THE GAME OF MINECRAFT. MINECRAFT IS THE THEME.  

Medical Science 3-5

Ms. Megan

This class will cover skills such as CPR/BLS, basic first aid, sutures, how to use an AED, and a basic vitals evaluation. Students will practice using what they have learned by completing simulations of possible realistic situations.

 

Minecraft Education 2-5

Ms. Gracie, Mr. Jim

Students will be immerse in Minecraft. We will Explore Ancient Egypt, do a scavenger hunt of the periodic table, work on the Jamestown Settlement, build a story setting, we will solve challenges offered on the Minecraft Education. 

 

Mystery Science

K-1

Ms. Madison, Ms. Alyssa

We will be learning about weather, animals, Earth, space and more! Mystery Science will have a new, exciting mystery theme every week! Students will participate in hands on experiments, building, and creating. This class will focus on STEAM skills.

 

Nature Camp (multiple locations)

K-8

Ms. Therry, Mr. Jim 

This is a drop off program for your adventurer to explore with peers. The program includes 6 local adventures, and can be paired with the Expedition Program to create a whole semester of Adventures on Fridays. 

 

Oasis Arts and Games K-8

Mr. Lucas

The Oasis room is an area for children to play independently, or in small groups of peers. This calming space includes a large variety of board games, puzzles, strategy games, hands-on activities, books, and a center of arts and crafts. Children are encouraged and empowered to take ownership of their hour by choosing activities they enjoy, or trying new things.

 

Odyssey (Tue) TK-K

Ms. Nancy, Ms. Cassandra

This program is geared for children 4-6 years old. We put a special emphasis on encouraging decision-making skills, and cultivating positive peer interaction through play-based learning. Children will have the opportunity to work on age appropriate lessons in literature, art, math, science, and practice handwriting skills.

 

Panther Reader - Read-a-lot Book Club 3-5

Ms. Stefanie, Ms. Angie

Is your child reading at a 3rd-5th grade level? Panther Read a-lot Book Club is designed to further engage interest and comprehension in a group setting. We'll explore a variety of books, and work through short book reports to spark discussion, feedback, and contextual understanding.

 

Passport Pals (K-2nd)

Passport Pals (2-4)

K-2

Ms. Angie, Ms. Madison

Join us as we embark on a journey to explore, learn, and understand the big beautiful world around us. We will dive into a different country each week, learning about culture, traditions, food, resources, landscape, and what a day in the life may look like.

Persuasive Writing and Presenting 5-8

Ms. Angie, 

Designed to align with CA Core Standards in English Literature Arts for 4th-8th grade; including/but not limited to the the following skills (Clear and organized writing, Independent Critical Thinkers, Effective Communicators, Inquisitive Learners, Writing at Grade Level)This class will be engaging, thought provoking, FUN, and will cultivate confidence in the students. We will focus on organized persuasive communication in 3 formats: essay format, a formal email/ letter correspondence, and a brief oral presentation. Topics will be assigned to students in small groups for research collaboration, and then they will write independently on their final project. Each student will turn in a completed final draft of their essay form, formal letter/email, and present their opinion/argument to the class.

 

Photography

5-8

Ms. Angela, Ms. Maddi

This class is not about the technology of a camera but instead of what makes a picture good.  We will learn about how to put the person in the center of attention in a portrait. We will also talk about how important eyes are in a photo. We will also produce photography by getting really close and capture tiny details. Students will be using iPods and I pads as cameras. 

Private Tutoring - Miss Alyssa K-8

Ms. Alyssa

1:1 instruction in Reading, Written Language, Math and Organizational Skills, designed to address the individual needs of your child. Private tutoring is a great way to improve academic skills in a positive, nurturing environment.

 

Private Ukulele 2-8

Mr. Tyler

One on one lessons for students wanting to learn Ukulele or Guitar. All LEVELS are welcome. Students will learn basic chords, rhythm structure, introductory music theory, and how to play songs. Private instruction allows for customized lesson planning per student needs. There is no joy quite like learning a musical instrument!

 

Publish Your Own Book 4-8 

Ms. Angie

This class was designed to spark creativity and cultivate a joy of writing. Students will work independently, and in groups to create a variety of short stories and poems. Students will be introduced to best practices for creating inspiration, building descriptive characters, and brainstorming all the ways to paint a picture of the setting. At the end of the semester, they will have their very own book to take home. This is a great opportunity to turn even the most frustrated writer into a great writer!

 

Robotic with Lego Mindstorm

5-8

Mr. Jim

Lego Mindstorms is a hardware and software structure which is produced by Lego for the development of programmable robots based on Lego building blocks. Students will learn to program their Robots and have the execute very basic tasks. 

SAVVY 3-6

Ms. Maddi, Ms. Mercedes

Life skills don't just build independence, it also builds social-emotional learning (SEL) skills that children need. This class will help your students to build: self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, and the tools to build relationships. This 3 hour program will cover: How to cook, How to manage money, How to stay organized, How to manage time, How to find a job, How to be a self-starter, How to stand up for yourself, How to cope with failure and so much more.

 

HELP: Science Experiments - Level 1 Grade 4-5

TBD

Science is always more fun with friends! Students will have a blast making plans, predictions, and exploring the fascinating world of science. (sounds like it could be a bit messy? You bet! But you don’t have to be the one to clean it up!) All HELP programs at Rock Creek are designed to complement your homeschooling efforts. Let us help your student stay on track, and make your days just a little bit easier.

Science- Botany 2-4

Ms. Mercedes, 

This class will encourage and nurture a passion for plants. Students will learn the fundamentals of botany with hands- on learning, and thought provoking projects.

 

Self Defense K-6

Mr. Matt

Students will learn how to build self- discipline, self respect, self confidence, and self control. Martial Arts will help in developing motor skills, balance, and coordination. Students will be taught to make good choices, learning to listen, follow directions, and work as a team.

 

Sewing 3-6

Ms. Melody

This class is for all levels of Sewing. Students will be instructed on the different basic stitches, and taught machine safety and usage. There will be a variety of options for projects, and final pieces will be showcased at the end of the semester.

 

Shark Reader - Junior Reader  2-3

Ms. Stefanie, Ms. Angie

Children gain confidence in their ability to learn to read. This program was designed to make it fun, engaging and hands-on. We do this by reading poems aloud, playing games to practice high frequency words, using various letter manipulatives to make new words, and much more. Shark Reader Class is tailored to meet ELA Core Standards for 2nd Grade including:

-Vowel teams

-Prefix & Suffix

 

Short Film Making 3-5

Ms. Lakeisha

In this class we will talk about core concepts of storytelling, classic story structure, and the nuances of putting together a story in the unique medium of film. Students will learn about the three-act structure, creating scripts, as well as more technical conventions of film and their purpose in story telling (such as lighting, camera angles, types of editing, etc). In the class students will get opportunities to write short scripts, create characters, storyboards and shoot set-ups.

 

STEAM (2-3) - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math 2-3

Mr. Tyler, Ms Angela

Calling all 2nd/3rd graders for 3 hours of hands-on FUN! They might not even realize how much they are LEARNING about science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

 

STEAM (First Grade) - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math 1

Ms. Lakeisha, 

Calling all Odyssey K graduates! And All 1st and 2nd graders. Students will dip into 3 hours of hands-on FUN while learning about science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

 

Tinker Lab - THURSDAY SAN MARCOS 3-6

Mr. Jim

Tinkering is a hands-on experience where children are given time to explore and invent.  It involves experimenting with authentic tools to help them understand how things work. Through Tinkering, they will be engaged in open-ended experiences that allow them to question, design, collaborate, and construct knowledge as they go. During this program  students will have the opportunity to work with cooper tape to create an electrical circuit, they will create with 3D design and printing, Crack Open electronics to explore how things work...

 

Tiger Reader - Pre-Reading TK-K

Ms. Stefanie, Ms. Nancy

Children gain confidence in their ability to learn to read. This program was designed to make it fun, engaging and hands-on. We do this by reading poems aloud, playing games to practice high frequency words, using various letter manipulatives to make new words, and much more. Tiger Reader Class is tailored for children who are pre-readers. Skills to be introduced and focused on include:

-Recognize name

-Recognize letters

 

Tumbling K-4

Ms. Maddi, Ms. Angela

Our tumbling class is an introduction to the execution of acrobatic movements such as rolls, twists, handsprings, or somersaults on floor mats. Unlike most other disciplines in gymnastics, tumbling does not involve the use of apparatuses.

 

Tutoring With Ms. Elaine 1-5

Ms. Elaine

1:1 instruction in Reading, Written Language, Math and Organizational Skills, designed to address the individual needs of your child. Ms. Elaine is a retired classroom teacher with over 40 years experience in Special Education, General Education and tutoring. She has taught students from Kindergarten through High School, and worked with a broad range of student abilities. Private tutoring is a great way to improve academic skills in a positive, nurturing environment.

 

Works of Mass Discovery 4-6

Mr. Tyler

Students will be introduced to engineering concepts and techniques that have been employed throughout the ages by developing physical hands-on projects to include building weight bearing structures, creating catapults, trebuchets, and vehicles of flight. All in the name of science.

Classes Description

Spring 2022 Class Descriptions